Democrats voting in the Iowa caucuses grapple with the question of not only which candidate would best govern but also who is most likely to beat Trump
The candidates have put in thousands of miles crisscrossing rural Iowa to show their faces to voters in living rooms, diners and community corridors. They’ve fielded questions, sparred with reviewers and nipped programmes along the way. All the while their expeditions have inundated the state’s television stations with homespun legends of the candidates’ lives and their catapulting imaginations for a better America, crammed into a few seconds of political advertising.
Now it all comes down to Monday evening when Democrat will cluster in schools, libraries and churches across Iowa to hold the country’s first poll to decide who will challenge Donald Trump for the White House in November.
It’s a responsibility Iowans take seriously every four years, often regarding themselves as the eyes and ears of America as their state’s caucuses decide who will be first out of the barrier, and into primary races across the rest of the commonwealth, with the huge advantage of a triumph under their belt. It was Iowa in 2008 that teed up Barack Obama for the presidency. Those who fall too far behind at this first overcome rarely make it much further down the course.
This year Iowa Democrats feel an added weight as they grapple with the challenging question of not only which candidate would best govern America but, likewise, who is most likely to lever the man many regard as the worst president in living memory out of the White House. Four years ago, Trump was a joke to Democrats as the party’s primary came down to ” progressive ” Bernie Sanders v “corporate” Hillary Clinton, without much thought as to which of them would best drummed the reality television star emerging as the Republican frontrunner.
But in 2020, Trump is taken very seriously and for numerous Iowa Democrat their choice has crystallised around whether the White House is likely to be prevailed by stir calls for reform from Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, or the” safe duo of sides” in former vice-president Joe Biden, former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.